50th Anniversary of Earth Day

Today April 22nd is Earth Day. This day in 1970, Gaylord Nelson, a Democratic Senator from Wisconsin, organized a nation wide demonstration to highlight concerns about damage to the environment. This led to the start of environmental legislation to protect the environment and the founding of the Environmental Protection Agency in the US. Many important regulations were put in place but sadly, 50 years later, with almost double the population and increased industrialization, our impact on the environment has increased and has taken its toll.

Today, in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic, it is ironic that the environment is less polluted than it has been in years as a result of severe lock down measures whereby industry and transportation have practically ground to a halt across the globe. The picture above was taken from my balcony on the 40th floor of a high rise building in downtown Toronto at 7 pm using a zoom lens. You can see New York State on the horizon which I don’t ever remember seeing before as there is generally a haze over the lake. There are reports of wild life being spotted in the city and this afternoon, I came across two Canada Geese and their ducklings who had apparently been waddling along St. Clair Avenue, a city street, and were being escorted by a woman through a residential area towards a nearby pond.

We all know that life is not going to go back to what it was before the pandemic but I hope that we can maintain some way of protecting and caring for our planet and for our communities. On that note, I leave you with this You Tube clip that gives some pause for thought.

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